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16–Boat Turn Out For DBSC Flying Fifteens

5th June 2015
16–Boat Turn Out For DBSC Flying Fifteens

#dbsc – Last night's 16-boat DBSC Flying Fifteen race consisted of nine marks all to be left to port and started with a good upwind leg to Bulloch Mark on Dublin Bay. Much was lost and gained on this first leg. The fleet got away 'all clear'. In general, the fleet favoured the right hand side of both the starting line and the upwind leg. Perhaps the incoming tide was over–considered. The fleet were all very much to the right wing side of the upwind leg. However, leaders Alan Green and Mick Quinn taught the fleet the lesson that sometimes sticking with your wing principles pay off as they literally arrived on port tack out of 'left field' to round Bulloch with a commanding lead.

The closest chasers were David Gorman Tom Murphy, David Mulvin, Tom Galvin and Alan Dooley.

After many gybes, beats etc Gorman eventually got close to them following a tight reach to Pier Mark. On the subsequent beat to Island Mark, Gorman took advantage and ultimately won the evening.

In conclusion, the race for the Thursday FF crown has hotted up! Gorman is now Number one on nine points followed by Coleman on 11; Green carrying 12 and Dooley on 13.

DBSC results here.

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Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC) is one of Europe's biggest yacht racing clubs. It has almost sixteen hundred elected members. It presents more than 100 perpetual trophies each season some dating back to 1884. It provides weekly racing for upwards of 360 yachts, ranging from ocean-going forty footers to small dinghies for juniors.

Undaunted by austerity and encircling gloom, Dublin Bay Sailing Club (DBSC), supported by an institutional memory of one hundred and twenty nine years of racing and having survived two world wars, a civil war and not to mention the nineteen thirties depression, it continues to present its racing programme year after year as a cherished Dublin sporting institution.

The DBSC formula that, over the years, has worked very well for Dun Laoghaire sailors. As ever DBSC start racing at the end of April and finish at the end of September. The current commodore is Chris Moore of the National Yacht Club.

The character of racing remains broadly the same in recent times, with starts and finishes at Club's two committee boats, one of them DBSC's new flagship, the Freebird. The latter will also service dinghy racing on Tuesdays and Saturdays. Having more in the way of creature comfort than the John T. Biggs, it has enabled the dinghy sub-committee to attract regular team to manage its races, very much as happened in the case of MacLir and more recently with the Spirit of the Irish. The expectation is that this will raise the quality of dinghy race management, which, operating as it did on a class quota system, had tended to suffer from a lack of continuity.

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